The Liberia Midwifery Association has observed the International Midwives Day here in partnership with UNFPA with a call to midwives across the country to practice respectful maternal care in their profession.
The 2017 International Midwives Day on the theme, “Midwives, Mothers and Families, Partners for Life”, was held on Friday, 5 May in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. Addressing members of the association from across the country, the Chief of Party of the National Child Survival Program, and Jhepiago, Dr. Marion Subah, emphasized that skilled midwives are the agents between life and death for the unborn baby and the mother.
She said partnership is a key concept in midwifery, as it unites the midwife, unborn child and mother, and the family. According to Dr. Subah, the pride of every midwife is to see the newly born baby with the mother and family walk out of the hospital with joy on their faces. She notes that the day is observed annually around the world to honor midwives for their sacrificial services to humanity.
The President of the Liberia Midwifery Association, Madam Wilihelmina W.G. Flomo disclosed that in the past Liberia’s maternal mortality rate was at 100,000 live births to 1070 deaths during childbirth.
The country has a total of 1,598 active midwives, catering for a population of 4 million people, which include 1104 certified midwives, 438 registered midwives and 56 nurse midwives, according to Madam Flomo.
This year’s celebration was characterized by awareness in several health facilities, training on drugs administration and usage of pantograph as well as parade in the streets of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County with an indoor in the auditorium of the Bassa High School;
-writes Jonathan Browne